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20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

Barcelona may be famous for its famed soccer club but soccer is just one thing on the list of so many things the city excels in and offers. The city offers excellent aesthetics and there are so many reasons to love the city from its great architecture and galleries, to awesome food and music.

With the abundance of historical and cultural artifacts, Barcelona is just about as romantic as another wonderful city of Paris. It’s certainly the city one ought to move to, if they are considering settling overseas.

Here below are the 20 reasons as to why Barcelona is an amazing place to live. After reading these reasons, you’ll have plenty of inclinations to move to this wonderful Spanish city.

1. It’s discoverable on foot

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    Barcelona may be a quite big city but the size is perfect to discover on foot. There are plenty of things to discover as well. There’s abundance of great gastronomic options and the city also houses some of the most impressive parks and buildings. If you don’t feel like walking, you can even turn to bicycles to discover the city through stunning routes.

    2. It has superb modern architecture

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      You can find great architecture almost everywhere in this city, a paradise for architects. There are awe-inspiring Gothic basilicas put side by side with magnificent modern-day buildings. Most of the city’s architectural wonders have been designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Some of the finest monuments of the city are Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.

      3. It’s a paradise for gastronomes

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        You’ll fall in love with this city very soon especially if you’re a connoisseur of great food. There are excellent restaurants all over the city. The city loves to dine so much that most businesses and offices close two hours a day just to take lunch. The city boasts the freshest of seafood in the world and pastry shops are plentiful. You should be a happy person even if you do nothing but eat in this city.

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        4. It has musical prospects in abundance

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          Barcelona has a fair share of live music venues like Apolo and Razzmatazz and magnificent concert halls like Gran Teatre del Liceu and L’Auditori. The music scene of the city is diverse, encompassing musical genres from classical to jazz to world music. The city also hosts some of the biggest annual musical festivals of the world such as Primavera Sound, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Sonar and Cruilla.

          5. It’s a delight for chocolate lovers

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            This beautiful city also offers plenty of delight for lovers of chocolate. Some of the best chocolates in Barcelona are chocolate bon-bons and xurros con chocolat (a kind of hot chocolate). The city gave birth to Antoni Escriba, who is famous for being the “Mozart of Chocolate”, and if you ever stop by this city, you ought not to miss his pastry shop.

            6. It has excellent beaches

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              Another reason to love Barcelona is the presence of outstanding beaches. Sightseeing is great along these beaches. The climate of the city is generally warm and the beaches are nice and clean. The beaches are swiftly reachable and one can always turn to the beaches to relax after a hard day’s work in the city.

              7. It has the Magical Montjuïc Mountain

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                Although you need to do a bit of legwork to reach the top, the magical Montjuïc is a perfect place to wander to. It’s a bit less populated by tourists but that’s not because it’s not worth seeing but because not every tourist wants to embark on an adventure. In fact, the mountain offers excellent views, with natural backdrops and excellent vistas all around.

                8. It’s the perfect place for coffee aficionados

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                  Coffee aficionados are just another kind of people, on the long list of the types of people the city of Barcelona can appeal to. You’ll get to drink something as perfect as café con leche, which is the coffee halved with steam milk. The beverage is always smooth but never harsh nor bitter.

                  9. It has a very rich history

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                    An international city in every way, at Barcelona, with every step you take through the streets, you’ll always stumble upon something historically significant. To get a quick glimpse of the city’s history, you should visit Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, where the historical city heritages have been preserved and put on display. There are so many historic artifacts inside this museum, with Placa del Rei, Temple d’August, Born Centre Cultural and Museum Maritim to name a few.

                    10. It has lots of Spanish wine and cavas

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                      Spanish Wine and Cavas rival French Wine and Champagne. In fact, Cavas, or sparkling wine, is Spain’s answer to France’s champagne. The wine isn’t very expensive as well although the quality is exceptional. You can buy a bottle between five to ten dollars. Barcelona is surely the place to be at for lovers of wine and beer as it’s cheaper to buy these liquors than to buy a can of coke or a bottle of water.

                      11. It has local threads

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                        Style can be bought in this city at all kinds of prices. You can go for the rather expensive Spanish brands recognizable at the international level or for confined Barcelona brands. But if you go with the cheaper ones, it doesn’t mean that you are compromising much on quality at all. Some of the local and affordable brands in Barcelona are Zazo&Brull, Cuervo Cobberblack Bird (where you can buy handcrafted shies), RooM and Syngman Cucala.

                        12. It hosts amazing carnivals

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                          There are plenty of carnivals hosted by the city every year. These carnivals showcase rich Catalan culture, dazzling displays of fireworks, air shows, concerts and children acts. Festes de la Merce, which is celebrated in the month of September is the largest carnival in the city. It originally started as a religious parade but now, it’s one of the major reasons to visit the city. Every neighborhood in the city has its own chief celebration. Among them, the celebrations of the neighborhoods of Gracia and Sants are the biggest ones.

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                          13. It is a delight for dancing

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                            The city is home to plenty of nightclubs. We often think of Flamenco dancing whenever we think of Spanish dancing. However, Flamenco dancing is native to the Andalusia region of Spain and Barcelona has its own historic dance form in Sardana, performed at tablaos, which have come to prominence since 1960s. Sardana is performed on weekends in front of the Cathedral and City Hall.

                            14. It offers the sweetest alternate to Valentine’s Day

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                              If you don’t like to flow in the tide of Valentine’s Day, coming every year with so much noise and almost always leaving you barren, the city offers you with an excellent alternative. Diada de Sant Jordi, or Saint George’s Day is celebrated on April 23, the day on which men give a rose to their darlings and ladies give them a book. This sweet occasion has kept Valentine’s Day pretty much at bay.

                              15. It has breath taking street art

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                                Art is everywhere on the streets of Barcelona and it is beyond graffiti. Even the store shutters on the streets are gaudily painted. As mentioned earlier, the shops, as do other businesses, close mid-day. Reopening times of those shops vary. If you are able to take a few strolls about the city during the time the shops are closed, you’ll have the best view of street art.

                                16. It has Bucolic locations

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                                  In spite of being a very big city and a major financial center of Europe, there are plenty of opportunities to revel in pastoral surroundings in the city. Some of the neighborhoods like Gracia, Les Corts and La Barceloneta in particular exhibit that candid and pristine rural aura with amply of native customs and festivities.

                                  17. It offers many Ping-Pong tables

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                                    You thought Chinese were the only folks who love Ping-Pong so much. How wrong you were! You don’t have to move a distance to find the next free Ping-Pong table in Barcelona. Scattered around the public places of the city, Ping-Pong tables provide you with ample opportunities to swing your paddle with opponents, provided you have one.

                                    18. It’s a bicycle heaven

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                                      It was mentioned earlier that this city offers excellent routes to discover the city through bicycling if you don’t feel like walking. But this deserves a point of its own as another great prospect the city can offer. Barcelona is as perfect as it can get for bicycling. The scenery is great, which adds to the fact that the city has heavily expanded network of bike lanes and fleets. The only problem is that the city is a heaven for bicycle thieves as well.

                                      19. It has an excellent public transportation system

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                                        With myriad of equally rewarding options, Barcelona should be one of the easiest cities to discover. It was already discoverable on foot and bicycling possibilities were excellent. A very good public transport system takes discoverability of this city to further heights. There are so many options to get around the city with efficient buses, subways, trains, cable cars and funiculars.

                                        20. It has perfect weather all year round

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                                          Lying in the Mediterranean region, the temperature of Barcelona is fairly moderate. With its poised climate, the city offers excellent living conditions throughout the year. The weather is predictable and rainfall is also quite balanced. You can enjoy months of unbroken sunshine without ever having to feel the agony of a scorching heat of the Sun.

                                          Featured photo credit: Aerial view of Barcelona city with Port Vell in cloudy day.Spain via shutterstock.com

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                                          Last Updated on August 21, 2018

                                          30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                                          30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                                          Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

                                          That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

                                           1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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                                            Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

                                            2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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                                              If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                                              3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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                                                It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                                                4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                                                  Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                                                  5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                                                    Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                                                    6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                                                      These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                                                      7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                                                        You never know when you might need some.

                                                        8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                                                          Get all the info you need here.

                                                          9. Sangria!

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                                                            We know what’s really important. How to here!

                                                            10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                                                              By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                                                              11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                                                                Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                                                12. DIY shower.

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                                                                  All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                                                  13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                                                    Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                                                    14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                                                      15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                                                        Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                                                        16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                                                          Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                                                          17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                                                            It’s that easy!

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                                                                            18. Grits repel ants.

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                                                                              Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                                              19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                                                                20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                                                  That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                                                  21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                                                    For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                                                    22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                                                      You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                                                      23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                                                        Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                                                        24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                                                          By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                                                          25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                                                            26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                                              Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                                              27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                                                That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                                                28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                                                  Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                                                  29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                                                    Get them while you can!

                                                                                                    30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                                                      With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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